Thomas Bayard Knock (1928 - 2017)

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Thomas Bayard Knock passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones at Marlow Manor in Anchorage, Alaska, on Oct. 25, 2017, at the age of 88. He was born in Willows, Calif., on Nov. 7, 1928, to Bayard and Heloise Knock.
Tom graduated from Willows High School in 1946. In 1946, he joined the Army and was part of the Allied occupation force in Japan. After the Army, Tom enrolled at University of California Berkeley with the GI bill and earned a degree in Geophysics in 1953.
After college, Tom was employed as a seismic field worker or "DoodleBugger" by multiple oil companies. In 1957, his seismic crew was based in Craig, Colo., where he met and married the love of his life, Arlene Woodbury. They had three children while moving often with the seismic crew through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma and Alberta, Canada.
In January 1969, the Knock family moved from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Anchorage with Conoco. In 1972, Conoco closed its Anchorage office. To the relief of his family, Tom quit, rather than move back to Texas. He found jobs with the USGS and Tesoro in Anchorage and then Marathon starting in 1977, working on the Cook Inlet oil fields.
Tom and Arlene raised their family on Wesleyan Drive until Tom was asked to transfer again in 1985, to Casper, Wyo., with Marathon, and then finally to Houston, Texas, where he retired from Marathon in 1989.
In 1989, Tom and Arlene built a house in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Snug Harbor road, next to a cabin they had owned since 1976. Tom and Arlene were very active in the local community, supporting the library, museum, volunteer fire association, local school, Snail-a-thon walk-a-thon and Do-Nothing men's coffee klatch.
Tom never knew a stranger and subsequently had acquaintances and friends from all over the United States at every point in his life. Tom developed Parkinson's later in life, but never let the disease beat him. He lived and participated with all those around him until the last week of his life.
Tom is survived by his children, Kelly and Brett Tyner, Doug and Jody Knock and Geoffrey Knock; grandkids, Ashley Tyner, Heather Blume, Allison Tyner, Bryce Knock and Grace Knock; and great-grandkids, Sage and Rye Blume. His partner in life - wife, Arlene, of 53 years - preceded him in death in 2011.
A gathering is planned in Cooper Landing for friends and family on Dec. 28, 2017, at the Sunrise Inn from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2017
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